Bohemian Rhapsody: A Watchable Film, but Doesn’t Do Queen Justice

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Bohemian Rhapsody: A Watchable Film, but Doesn’t Do Queen Justice

Bohemian Rhapsody may be a film that music lovers should check out soon.

Bohemian Rhapsody may be a film that music lovers should check out soon.

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Bohemian Rhapsody may be a film that music lovers should check out soon.

https://www.ssearena.co.uk/events/detail/bohemian-rhapsody-film-premiere

https://www.ssearena.co.uk/events/detail/bohemian-rhapsody-film-premiere

Bohemian Rhapsody may be a film that music lovers should check out soon.

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After being in production for nearly 8 years, the iconic rock band Queen finally gets their  time on the big screen with their movie entitled “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film is a PG- 13 rated biopic (Biographical picture) named after one of the band’s most recognizable songs, released in North America on November 2, 2018. Unlike popular belief,  the film focuses on the band as a unit, and not just about flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury.

While Mercury is the main protagonist in the film, it depicted so much more than his personal life. The film primarily focuses on the battles the band had to face with things like publishers, producers, and personal controversies. In doing so you get a front row seat on where the inspirations for songs came from, and how they went from pen to paper and eventually into the livingroom of families everywhere.

Directed by Bryan Singer, the film includes actors Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, and Mike Myers as Ray Foster. Malek does a phenomenal job as Mercury, as he brought new life to the late legend, allowing the performance to still hold strong to the principles of what made Mercury himself. But Malek also made the performance of Mercury uniquely his own and it was clear that aspects of his own personality shined through.  

The film has no shortage of star power, but the movie itself lacked something in terms of story. In all, it’s a good movie for music fanatics, families, and friends alike to watch and enjoy. But in terms of representing one of the most iconic, influential, and everlasting bands of all time, the film can feel generic, and almost predictable. While it does do a good job at telling the story, the film feels cliche. Much like the sports movie of overcoming all the odds, when you look at it, Bohemian Rhapsody is just another underdog story trying to play the same song that has been in tune for years while using Queen as a front. Nothing ever feels particularly new throughout the two hour, thirteen minute run time.

The band is legendary, there’s little question. So making a movie that accurately captures the heart of millions that adored the band to the very end is almost impossible. Yet, the hype and anticipation for the movie in the months leading up to its release has given the band a new light, new momentum, and an opportunity for an entirely new generation to discover and enjoy Queen’s music, like millions have before them.  

The film is a solid 3.5/5. While enjoyable and most definitely watchable, the film doesn’t do the justice the band Queen requires. With plenty of holes to fill, it leaves many wondering, ‘What could have been?’.